She was box office. She was advertising revenue, hits online, gossip column gold.

The more turbulent her private life, the more she was worth.

Sex scandal followed drug rehab, relationship turmoil ran concurrent to family fall-outs.

All of it was box office.

Imagine then what they will make of this. Conspiracy theories will abound.

The knife, the blood, the unborn child. A jealous lover? A political angle?

In death, she’ll continue to make someone a lot of money – more, even.

And I’ll get my moment in the spotlight too.

The high school sweetheart, the lifelong friend.

My turn to shine.

Copyright Ted Strutz

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


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81 responses to “BOX OFFICE”

  1. Interesting. True story in the world of movies.
    These are the perks of being a famous person’s friend 🙂 But, when one is young, how does one know which of the friends will be famous?! makes sense to be a friend with all! 🙂

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  2. Don’t you hate all these ‘old friends’ that show up when money is to be made off of dead (and live) celebrities? Great story, Iain.

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  3. I suspect that the childhood sweetheart is being naïve. He’s bound to have left forensic evidence. That’s an excellent piece of flash, Iain, with so much implied that is not in the text.

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  4. Isn’t bad publicity better than none at all?

    I often think of the millions people rake in on dead stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, etc.

    As to this story, I guess you could say the narrator made a “killing.”

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